Enduring the Long Winter of #UMC Discontent

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Between Epiphany and General Conference, there isn’t much else to do but fight. Don’t let it happen. Winter is coming already here After the liturgical day of Epiphany, we enter Ordinary Time: eight Sundays until Lent begins. In the assigned Scriptures from the Lectionary, this is a time of

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Is United Methodism a Complementarian church?

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One of the United Methodist News‘ series is “Many Voices, One Faith” a series “designed to put the voices of the church in conversation with one another and build an understanding of what it means to be United Methodist today.” You can read the commentaries here. As of this writing, its latest

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Tetris and Advent [Geek Gospel]

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An unexpected application of video game theory to the liturgical season of Advent? Read on! Anticipation and Completion I was listening to an audiobook Hit Makers about the science of popularity and what makes books, music, games, cars, designs, and people popular. One of the examples given

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As Go The Mormons, So Go The Methodists?

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The 2018 breakup of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (“Mormons” or “LDS Church”) with the Boy Scouts of America (“Scouts USA”) ends a 100-year relationship and serves as an example of two faith-based American institutions reaching the breaking point of irreconcilable differences.

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The Biblical Definition of Marriage? [Guest Post]

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The following is a guest post by a previous contributor Rev. Brady Whitton  (see articles here and here). Take a read for a helpful contribution to the General Conference 2019 debate.  === The Biblical Definition of Marriage? By Rev. Brady S. Whitton As the Special Session of the General

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From Hostility to Equality: 10 Forms of Inclusion

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On Twitter in November 2018, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg posted a tweet detailing the varieties of what inclusion looks like in her context. With acknowledgment to her inspiration, here’s an expansion of that tweet into the ten stages of inclusion, detailing the nuances between inclusion and

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All of Advent in a Day as a Guide for Election Day

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Advent…Come Early This Year! I’ve seen several Twitter folks yearning for Christmas to come early this year, desiring joy in the midst of election grief. Chett Pritchett, a contributor to “The Resistance Prays” daily email, wrote the following on Facebook (reposted with permission with some

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Traditionalist Plan: More of the Same for The #UMC

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From Traditionalist to Traditional? Recently, there was a curious name change that happened amidst United Methodist procedures that bears scrutiny. When it comes to references to the “Traditionalist Plan,” here’s the references/timestamps according to the court (legal) documents: The AWF

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Wesley Didn’t Say It: Persistence and Preaching

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Asked to not come back If you are a United Methodist, you’ve probably seen this quote or heard it as a sermon illustration on persistence: Sunday morning, May 5, preached in St. Ann’s, was asked not to come back anymore.Sunday p.m., May 5, preached at St. John’s, deacons said, “Get out and stay

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The Stoning of Dr. Blasey Ford

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#TimesUp Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and story about being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is well known at this point, and as this post went to press, she is presenting her case to the Senate Judiciary Committee. But seeing what she went through

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